Teen in Beirut bombing ‘selfie’ dies

Mohammad al-Chaar, a Lebanese teenager who was seen posing for a group photo with his friends in front of a bomb-laden car moments before it exploded, died of his injuries in Beirut on Saturday.

“The number of victims from the attack rose to seven after the death of young Mohammad al-Chaar this morning, succumbing to his injuries at the American Hospital in Beirut,” said Lebanon’s official NNA news agency, according to Agence France-Presse.

Following Friday’s bombing in the heart of Beirut, press photographers saw the 16-year-old lying bleeding on the pavement, before he was taken to hospital with severe injuries.

Dozens of people were also wounded in the bombing, which officials said was caused by 50-60 kilograms of explosives.

The news of the teenager’s death, which Lebanese political coalition the March 14 movement blamed on Lebanese Shiite militant group Hezbollah and the Syrian regime, was met with an outpouring of grief from friends and family.

The ‘selfie’ of was widely distributed on the internet, and the confirmation of his death sparked an outpouring of tributes on social media networks.

Casting blame

Friday’s bombing in the center of the Lebanese capital wounded dozens and claimed six more lives, including Mohammad Chatah, a former Finance Minister and close aid to ex-premier Saad Hariri.

The Lebanese March 14 political coalition blamed Shiite militant group Hezbollah and the Syrian regime for the attacks.

Dozens of people were also wounded in the bombing, which officials said was caused by 50-60 kilograms of explosives.

Chatah is to be buried at the mausoleum of Hariri’s father on Sunday, which President Michel Sleiman has declared a national day of mourning.

Rafiq Hariri, the former prime minister, was killed in a suicide bombing on the Beirut seafront on Feb. 14, 2005.

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